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Coastal Interpretive Center

1033 Catala Ave SE, Ocean Shores, WA 98569-9761
+1 360-289-4617
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A Hidden Treasure

There's a lot packed into this little place. It may not look like much from the outside. But like... read more

Reviewed 15 September 2016
Dennis W
Spokane, United States
via mobile
important stop in Ocean Shores

Spend some time there to see and get a feel for the place; excellent information by expert... read more

Reviewed 3 September 2016
Sandy P
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Hands-on learning experience, natural and cultural history of the area. Open 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. every day. No entry fee required, but donations are welcome.
  • Excellent68%
  • Very good22%
  • Average8%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible1%
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Hours Today: 10:00 - 16:00
Suggested Duration: 1-2 hours
1033 Catala Ave SE, Ocean Shores, WA 98569-9761
+1 360-289-4617
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Reviewed 15 September 2016 via mobile

There's a lot packed into this little place. It may not look like much from the outside. But like beachcombing, the more you look, the more you'll find. Super friendly staff greets you at this free admission center, but I hope you'll be happy to...More

2  Thank Dennis W
Reviewed 3 September 2016

Spend some time there to see and get a feel for the place; excellent information by expert personnel who were patient and gave of their time.

Thank Sandy P
Reviewed 29 August 2016

Great place to stop in and learn about Ocean Shores as well as about the Olympic Forest area. The staff is very friendly and extremely child friendly.

Thank Sally253
Reviewed 28 August 2016 via mobile

Pros, Very informative, educational, and full of local history. Friendly staff, very helpful, and informative, willing to go out of there way for you. Worth a second visit, on a seperate trip. Great gift, book store. Cons, Limited hours, and time of year to visit....More

2  Thank Larry A
Reviewed 27 August 2016 via mobile

The kids had a blast going through all the drawers and exploring the fossils they had for them to play with. The gentleman was so helpful about anything and everything we had questions about the area on

1  Thank ZidaG
Reviewed 14 August 2016

This place has been here for quite a number of years, but I have never taken the time to visit this precious little place. It gives a good history and children are able to touch everything. The animal skins are quite a draw.... Interactive activities...More

1  Thank WillisBayTrading
Reviewed 11 August 2016

Great place for younger children and the young and curious at heart. A good variety of "rooms" with animals, sea creatures, history exhibits to touch and learn about the early inhabitants of this area, which can enrich your stay. Small and a little dated, but...More

1  Thank gratefulguestreality
Reviewed 10 August 2016 via mobile

Extremely nice, helpful volunteers were manning the center. They have a variety of displays covering rocks , shells and birds 🐦

Thank JoAnn B
Reviewed 6 August 2016

You can add to your enjoyment of going to the beach if you better understand where you are and what you are seeing. The Interpretive Center is a storehouse of information about coastal flora and fauna, cultures, and climate. And, if the weather isn't the...More

Thank Lee H
Management response:Responded 11 August 2016

Thank you for taking the time to review Coastal Interpretive Center! We are so pleased you enjoyed your visit.

Reviewed 26 July 2016

We took our small kids here and they liked it very much. My kids love rocks and animals and this place had both. While driving there we saw some kind of small deer. It was a very interesting place and a great place for learning.

Thank vickity907
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16 October 2016|
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Response from Beth H | Property representative |
Our trail behind the center is only about a quarter of a mile loop. While it's not very long, it does display native coastal plant and forest habitats. It is easy and relaxed, great for children! This is not to be confused... More